A message regarding the Open Carry law and PGR missions:
Texas law states one must be a Texas License to Carry holder in order to legally carry a handgun in the open.
The Texas Patriot Guard is not in the position to question your rights as a LTC holder.
That being said, we all need to remember that the Patriot Guard are invited guests of the family of a fallen Hero at their most sacred time, and we are there to pay Honor and Respect.
We must present a high standard of conduct and protocol to our Hero’s families at every mission. Our missions/flag lines are not the place to openly display a weapon. It is an unnecessary distraction and brings unwanted attention to an individual rider. It's not about us.
The Texas Patriot Guard Riders policy is that no open carry will be permitted on any mission.
The Ride Captain in charge of the mission has the authority to ask anyone who is open carrying to remove the firearm and place it out of view and ask the individual to leave the mission if he refuses.
Any questions can be directed to Steve Conger, Texas Patriot Guard Riders State Captain, 281-380-3422, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you all for your cooperation in this matter and continuing to honor our fallen veterans.